PL2 - Mineralogy of Lower Silesia, Poland

Leaders: Irina Galuskina (University of Silesia, Katowice, irina.galuskina@us.edu.pl), Eligiusz Szełęg (University of Silesia, Katowice)

Practical information:
  • Duration: 5 days (including arrival and departure)
  • Pre-conference: 16.08.2010 Katowice/Kraków (PL) - 20.08.2009 Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 1250 km
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 15
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 80
    • Normal: EUR 150
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 170
  • Demands: No special physical or other demands, except for short walks in the mountains. Normal field trip equipment is recommended.
  • Means of transport: bus / van
  • Accommodation: Double room
    (for single possibilities contact Robert Hohol)
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Photo: Stanisław quartz mine, Mt. Garby Izerskie (PL)
Stanisław quartz mine, Mt. Garby Izerskie (PL)


Photo: Pegmatite with epidote, Strzegom (PL) Scientific focus (keywords):  igneous petrology and mineralogy; granitic pegmatites; nephrite; REE pegmatite; rodingite; sarcopside; serpentinite; skarn; Sudetes (Sudety) Mts.; Fore-Sudetic Block; mineralogical exhibitions

The Sudetes Mts. in Lower Silesia are famous over many centuries for beautiful minerals, now to be seen in natural history museums around the World. During the field trip participants will be introduced to the most interesting mineralogical and petrological sites and collect fine mineral samples. We will visit the following famous localities in Lower Silesia: Stanisław quartz mine on Mt. Izerskie Garby within the Izera massif (quartz, wollastonite, vesuvianite, grossular, diopside, fluorite, apophyllite, stilbite, mottramite); Skalna Brama REE pegmatite of Karkonosze granite (fergusonite, monazite, xenotime, zirconolite, gadolinite); pegmatites of Strzegom-Sobótka granite (smoky quartz, microcline, albite, epidote, stilbite, chabazite); hornblendite, eclogite in Bystrzyca Górna (ferrohornblende, apatite-(CaF), pyrope-almandine garnets) and granulite in Zagórze Śląskie (almandine-grossular-pyrope garnets, kyanite) and pegmatite in Michałkowa (sarcopside type locality): within Góry Sowie massif; rodingites and nephrites of Nasławice (antigorite, chrysotile, grossular, andradite, hibschite, vesuvianite, diopside, actinolite, tremolite, manganoan zoisite, prehnite, opal, aragonite, magnesite, dolomite, magnetite) and Jordanów (vesuvianite, manganoan zoisite, prehnite, tremolite, actinolite, opal): within Gogołów-Jordanów serpentinite massif; Ni deposit and pegmatite of Szklary serpentinite massif (chrysoprase, opal, "pimelite", "schuchardtite", "kerolite", magnesite, microcline, schorl, muscovite, biotite, spessartine, chrysoberyl).

Pegmatite with epidote, Strzegom (PL)


Daily programme:

Day 1 (16 Aug): Katowice: transfer from the airport / from the railway station (Meeting point 1) and from Kraków airport (Meeting point 2) - Szklarska Poręba: accommodation (~250 km)

Day 2 (17 Aug): Szklarska Poręba - Mt. Izerskie Garby, Stanisław quartz quarry (skarn with wollastonite, grossular, vesuvianite, diopside-hedenbergite, apophyllite, stilbite) - Skalna Brama REE pegmatite gadolinite, fergusonite-formanite, aeschynite, monazite, zircon etc.) - Szklarska Poręba: visit to the local mineralogical museum; accommodation (~50 km)

Day 3 (18 Aug): Szklarska Poręba - Strzegom: Sobótka massif granite quarry with pegmatites (quartz, microcline, albite, epidote, stilbite, chabazite, bavenite, titanite etc.) -  Michałkowa: pegmatite (sarcopside type locality) - Srebrna Góra: accommodation (~150 km)

Day 4 (19 Aug): Srebrna GóraPiława Górna: amfibolite and migmatite quarry with pegmatites (quartz, microcline, albite, muscovite, biotite, beryl, almandine, ferrocolumbite);  - Jordanów: serpentinite and nephrite quarry with rodingite containing Mn-vesuvianite - Srebrna Góra: accommodation (~150 km)

Day 5 (20 Aug): Srebrna Góra: departure after breakfast - transfer by minibus, lunch in Czech Republic - Budapest (~650 km)

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Photo: Hibschite, Nasławice, field of view is 3.5cm vertical (PL)
Hibschite, Nasławice, field of view is 3.5cm vertical (PL)


Map of the field trip with the key locations (or download Kml file for Google Earth):


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